A Hotly Contested Girls Tennis Match Up Against Redwood Ends in Narrow Defeat

The much anticipated first match-up against Redwood took place on Tuesday, September 28. Redwood had a home-court advantage and had rallied a large crowd of supporters who weren't exactly shy in trying to stop the charging Bulls. With all Redwood's six courts in use, only the #1 singles waited on the sidelines as the matches began.

Mirabel Arlander first won her match in straight sets (7-5, 6-3). The attention then turned to Audrey Gilmor, who fought valiantly but ultimately succumbed to her opponent 2-6, 5-7 after several close games. Anna Rende's match was a close call from the beginning to end and lasted longer than any other match: she won the first set 7-6 in a tiebreaker (7-4), lost the second set 6-7 also in a tiebreaker (8-10) which set her up for a third set super tiebreaker. 

The four singles players:  Mirabel Arlander, Anna Lardner, Anna Rende and Audrey Gilmor

The tension was palpable, and the large crowd that had assembled had its own highly contested cheering match. To the Bulls and their supporters' delight, Anna was able to muster up the energy in the longest match of the season (2hrs 45min!!!) to win with a 10-7 third-set tiebreaker score.  

Meanwhile, on the doubles side, Reese Dahlgren/Sophie Liu came so close to winning their match, pushing their opponents into a third set tiebreaker after losing the first set 3-6 but roaring back with a 6-0 second set. 

Relief: Anna Rende after her hard fought victory

Much to the disappointment of the Bulls cheering squad, Reese and Sophie, unfortunately, lost 10-12 in the last set tiebreaker. The other doubles teams, Alexandra Zak/Molly Biggs and Phoebe Yates/Karis Crabill, lost their matches 2-6, 4-6, and 1-6, 3-6, respectively. While the team win for the Bulls was out of reach by the time singles #1 player Anna Lardner stepped on the court, she showed what the Bulls are made of, with an impressive 6-2, 6-2 win, rewarding the numerous Bulls supporters who stayed through the end despite howling winds and a significant drop in temperature as the sun was setting. The ultimate score of Redwood's 4-3 win shows how close a match this was, and I am sure it comes as no surprise that the Bulls are already looking forward to taking revenge on their home courts on October 22. You won't want to miss it!

Submitted by Bo Arlander

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